For a couple of years now I have been wanting to make cross-stitched Christmas stockings for my family. I have been looking and looking for patterns, I have found some that were so so, and some that were not so, well... so so. And some that were pretty, and some not so pretty. But none that really spoke to me as being just right for my loved ones. That was until I was at Hobby Lobby with my sweetie one day and I came across this book of patterns by Donna Kooler:
Seriously, it is worth every penny! All of the stockings are just stunning, and there are patterns that are perfect fits for us all. In fact, there are 3 that I like and I am having a hard time choosing which one I want. I decided to start on my daughter's stocking first. She loves cats! Always has, always will I'm sure. She is only 13 but has already decided that she is never going to get married or have kids. She is going to grow up, buy a house "on the corner" and will have tons of cats. And she will be the "old bitty cat lady" that all the kids in the neighborhood are afraid of. Bahahahaha! She told me this a few years ago and it still makes me laugh.
Anyhow, I saw this adorable pattern in the book for a stocking of cats. There is a stair case wrapped all in ribbons and garland, with cats sitting on the bannister, and step. There are even a few Christmas Presents sitting on the floor by the bannister and there are cats sitting on the boxes as well. It's too fun, and my daughter loves the pattern! So here you can see the right side of the stocking. (I'm about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way done with the stocking now) You can see a few steps, the bottom part of the bannister, some Christmas garland, a couple cats and a blanket on the floor. What do you think? This is of course with no backstitching yet, I will do all of the backstitching at the same time when I am completely done with everything else.I definately won't have all three done by this Christmas, possibly will have this one done, but as for mine and my hubby's, those definately won't be done, but I will have them all done by next year which will be nice since hopefully by then we will be back in Utah, and hopefully will have just bought a new house!